Here we decided to just walk the old town with our new Aussie friends and took a local bus to an overlook above the airport. We intended to stop at a beach on the way back, but walking to and from the bus and then getting back to town seemed too much of a hassle. We ended up back in town walking around. Here, also, I would think renting a car for a drive around this gorgeous island would have been a good way to have spent the day. Corfu Town is a great place for shoppers. We were not.
People who took the Oceania tour seem to have been happy they did.
It is actually the jumping-off point for a trip to Olympia. We had visited here twenty-five years ago in a pouring rain and were excited to see the ruins in brilliant sunny weather. We were not disappointed. This is an impressive and compact site devoted to the games and the religious institutions surrounding them. Furthermore, the archeological museum is outstanding.
We took the Oceania excursion here and again the group was small and the guide excellent. I believe it would be possible here to join a guided tour at the entrance and therefore travel by rental car to and from Katakolon for significantly less money than Oceania charges for the excursion.
The only thing I would caution is that our guide would take payment after the tour only in USD. I had been promised that I could pay with a credit card, but the guide said since it was a Sunday that she could only take cash. After our return I emailed Ekol and they said they would look into that.
It was a great day ---- 6 hours of walking and exhaustion.
My disappointment was that the archeological site at Akrotini was closed. I was informed it would be open again in 2011.
We didn't soak up much culture here, but the beauty of the place and the swim in the Aegean made it a day to remember.